10 Earth Day Facts You Never Knew
Today is the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration which is held in more than 192 countries around the world on April 22nd each year. Earth day is meant to show support for protecting and preserving our environment. There are also many communities thatsupport environmental issues by celebrating Earth Week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can help preserve it for future generations. Here are 10 Earth Day facts you never knew.
1.) Only 27 percent of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees EVERY YEAR.
2.) Every year there are 14,000,000,000 pounds of garbage thrown into the oceans. The plastic garbage kills at least 1 million creatures in the ocean each year.
3.) On the very first Earth Day, which took place in 1970, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.
4.) Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
5.) On the first Earth Day in New York City, the mayor shut down Fifth Avenue for use on Earth Day, and allowed it to be celebrated in Central Park.
6.) Every year on April 22nd, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
7.) On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
8.) In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
9.) It takes 90 percent less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to manufacture new ones. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch three hours of TV.
10.) Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day. The garbage in a landfill stays for about thirty years.
Earth Day and every day is a great day to take action by doing something small for the environment such as planting a tree, carpooling to work, or even volunteering with others to help beautify our planet. We only have one earth so let’s protect it and keep itsustainable. Happy Earth Day!
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